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Slice, Dice, Cut, Gut and Blast Zombies in the ‘Dead Pixels II: Straight To Video’ Demo

Welcome to 1991. Zombies took over the world four years ago. How did the protagonist in Dead Pixels II: Straight To Video actually survive from 1987 to 1991? I honestly couldn't tell ya if I wanted to, as my time spent with the demo mostly consisted of sneakily stabbing the undead with a variety of knives... and blasting them with my trusty shotgun. Who cares though? There are zombies to kill and XP to gain!
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‘Dead in Vinland’ Gets Endless Mode DLC Alongside Rather Substantial 1.3 Update

If you're among those Dead In Vinland fans who's been eagerly awaiting a chance to ditch the story in favor of a far more customizable pure survival experience... then this DLC was made for you. Perhaps not literally, but almost. This mode also comes with exclusive features and additions, like, say, new merchants and starting skills, a map of randomized tiles (that regenerate after a while), and much more.
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‘Tower of Time’ Adds New Modes With Permadeath and Heavily Trimmed RPG Elements

Post-launch support is truly a magnificent thing, and Tower of Time certainly seems intent on providing plenty, what with its most recent update adding not just one, but two brand new modes to the mix: RPGlite and Permadeath. Unsurprisingly, they do exactly as they're called, greatly changing how the popular RPG is experienced. An RPG already overflowing with content, I might add.
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‘Ancient Enemy’ Stacks the Deck(s) Against You in a World Where Evil Has Already Won

Alright, I've got both good and bad news. The bad news is that in Ancient Enemy, well... evil has already won. How's that for a grand, dramatic way to kick things off? Oh right, there's also good news. Kinda. I mean, apparently all is not lost, as you do get to duel "a cast of deadly enemies" in an attempt to grow powerful enough to vanquish the greatest of them all. With cards. So many cards.
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‘Fragile Equilibrium’ is a Shmup of Risk, Decay and Problematic Controls

"Find your balance, live a life well played", they said. Was told I'd get to "explore a world of quick actions, forced decisions, and subtle strategy". Well, Fragile Equilibrium didn't quite deliver on either, but at least I got to blow stuff up while fixing a decaying end-zone. Oh, and missiles. Laser beams. Did I mention how stuff blew up all around me?
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Slightly Modernized Classic ‘The Eternal Castle [REMASTERED]’ Brings 1987 to 2019

I'm just gonna come right out and say it: CGA is awesome! Yeah okay, that's obviously a bit of an exaggeration, but there is still something undeniably intriguing about its limited color palette and resolution. Even more so when games like The Eternal Castle, originally released back in 1987, comes along to really push the limits of what can be done. Oh, and don't let that 'remastered' bit fool ya: this is not some nonsensical 'upscaled HD' thing, and thank goodness for that.
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‘FutureGrind’ Gathers the Bike Riding Enthusiasts of Tomorrow for Stunts and Tricks on Floating Rails

When I first heard the name ‘FutureGrind‘, my mind was immediately flooded with images of a sci-fi-y Tony Hawk's Pro Skater game, hoverboarding across the stars and such awesomeness. While that's not quite what this game is, there will still be stunts and tricks aplenty as you flip and spin to pull off massive combos on... wait, floating rails?
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‘The Rainsdowne Players’ Review: All the World’s a Stage…

Welcome to the wonderful world of theatrical shenanigans. Or as is the unfortunate case in The Rainsdowne Players, the world of... dodging bottles, paper planes, tomatoes, rocks and other objects, as you attempt to woo an ever-expanding/-changing audience with one play after another. Feeling uninspired? Chat up the locals. Need a break? Play one of several mini-games. All this and more, on the (other) grandest stage of them all!
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Slow Time as a Neon Ninja in ‘Cyberdrome’ to Demolish Robots and Climb Leaderboards

Ninjas in video games are, generally speaking, pretty darn awesome. Whether it be Ryu from Ninja Gaiden or Genji from Overwatch, awesome is definitely how I'd describe them. Didn't have to spend a lot of time in Cyberdrome's arenas either, to find out just how addictive dashing through the air and slashing robots with crazy slow-motion sword moves for a high score can be. Ninja hype!
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‘Numgeon’ Will Test Your Ability to Think (and Click) Fast to Survive Numeric Encounters

Ha. Numgeon. I see what you did there. Clever, much like the game itself, which has you clicking numbers in an attempt to thwart off enemies. Simple stuff, right? Sure, except... it isn't. You can't just go spamming that left mouse button all over the place after all, hoping you'll deal some sort of damage. Numbers have to be clicked in the right order or you'll be on the other end of the sword. Or staff. Or dagger. Or spell.
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An Exciting Post-Apocalyptic Farm Life Awaits as ‘My Time At Portia’ Exits Early Access

Finally, a post-apocalyptic game that isn't all doom and gloom! I know how crazy that may sound, but... it's true. On top of that, My Time At Portia just looks like a genuinely good time. Which is also not something most would associate with such a setting. And yet here we are, ready to start a new life, rebuilding the town - and your dad's old workshop - through a mix of mining, animal husbandry, farming, and... there's even dungeon-delving and other RPG elements!
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‘Professor Neely And The Death Ray Of Doom’ Spins a Web of Sciency Shenanigans

The Z-22 Vacuum Tube - a scientific breakthrough or an odd creation by a inventor long past his prime? Well, seeing how Spliner is more than a little eager to get his evil hands on it, I'd say... the former. Luring Professor Neely And The Death Ray Of Doom's protagonist into a (rather obvious) trap to get it might not have been his brightest moment though, as now more than ever, the odds are in Neely's favor. More or less.
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Get Tactical Online in ‘Clatter’ to Prove Your Worth as a Robot Master

In the future, all sports will be replaced with robots duking it out, teams owned and managed by people with too much money. At least that's how I see the world in which Clatter exists. Now don't get me wrong: the whole thing does look like an absolute blast, top hats and all, but you know as well as I that spare parts don't come cheap; and you better believe that scraps will start to fly, from the moment the countdown in each arena has reached zero.
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Survival of the Species: ‘Evolution’ Making the Leap From Board to Video Game

Evolve or starve. Those are your only options in this upcoming video game adaptation of North Star Games' popular board game, Evolution. It's much more than yet another race to evolve first, leaving everyone else behind, however, in that... you'll have to actually plan ahead while adapting to each new challenge. Who knows, you might even end up a multi-headed meat eating cyborg dino, chomping on every last opponent.
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7DRL 2019 is Right Around the Corner With a Week Full of A-maze-ing Permadeath

The roguelikes are coming! The roguelikes are coming! Or they will be once this year's 7DRL challenge/game jam/competition kicks off in a short bit, as an entire week has been set aside for creating such wonderful genre entries. Nothing new there though as 7DRL dates back... well, many years, and I believe it has always been in the same month (spoiler: March), much like it will this time. So darn groovy.
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Button Mashing Beat ’em Up ‘Pain Masher’ Is a Game of Patience (and Drugs) Aplenty

Button mashing is bad for several reason, the least of which is... it'll wreak havoc on your poor finger(s). I'm sure there's more too, but for now, let's focus on Pain Masher instead - a game that's all about being patient instead of mashing the 'z' key. Or go ahead and mash away, see how long you'll last (spoiler: not long!). Oh, meds are also a solution. Kinda.
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